Fitzgzerald Meets Death at Hands of Italians.
Roanoke, Va., April 25. —J. H. Fitzgerald, a well known railroad contractor of Huntington, W. Va., was shot and stabbed to death Tuesday near Curve, Giles county, Va., by a gang of Italian laborers. Fitzgerald’s slayers escaped immediately after committing the crime and are being pursued in the mountains by sheriff Durham and a posse.
If captured they will be taken to the Giles county jail at Pearisburg.
Fitzgerald was a member of the contracting firm of Millet and Fitzgerald and went alone Tuesday to inspect some work on the new Tidewater railroad. There were no witnesses to the crime except twelve Italians, all of whom took to the woods after the killing. Fitzgerald was shot twice in the head by bullets of different calibre and was stabbed in the back and abdomen.
There has been a great deal of trouble of late along the new road with Italian laborers.
Americus times-recorder (Americus, Ga.), 26 April 1906.